Tornado homecoming: Stephen Appiah invites Nedved, Del Piero for Testimonial

Former national team captain, Stephen Appiah has invited some of his teammates during his spell with Italian giants, Juventus to come down to Accra to support his testimonial match scheduled for June 13.

The game to honour Appiah’s excellent, dedicated and committed career will be formally launched in Accra on April 13 to set the stage for preparations towards what is expected to be a well-attended show.

Appiah visited Juventus’ Vinovo training facility this week where he met former teammate and now Juventus club director, Pavel Nedved who is among a host of stars including Alessandro Del Piero he has formally invited to be part of his official send-off following his retirement from football earlier this year.

Appiah won two Serie A titles and the Copa Italia during his three year stint with Juventus but the playmaker who also played for among them, Hearts of Oak, Parma, Udinese, Brescia and Fenerbahce is best remembered for being the greatest skipper in the history of the Ghana national team.

Appiah became the first captain to lead the Black Stars to qualify to the FIFA World Cup, following the Germany 2006 success with qualification for the 2010 event in South Africa where his team will make history by equalling Africa’s best ever performance following a quarter final heartbreak.

A 2007 injury however ruled him out of what was supposed to be his mega tournament in Ghana 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, the same injury which halted his career from which he never fully recovered.

Stints with Cesena in Italy as well as Serbia followed but the former Black Stars captain finally gave up his career on the pitch this year.

He scored 14 goals in 64 international appearances for the Black Stars. Follow @thedonplato

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